Academic Publishing – May 2020

Academic Publishing – May 2020

New partnerships for Emerald

It’s been a busy month for Emerald. A new partnership with the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) will see the publisher work with business schools to develop research case studies to feature in its Impact Case Studies series, as well as funding the first six pieces of research in a new dedicated Open Research collection for schools that are members of the EFMD’s Business School Impact System (BSIS).

Recently recognised in charity Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index with a Silver Award for being committed to achieving change in the workplace, Emerald has also agreed a partnership with UK job board, Evenbreak to advertise all available roles on the board, run by, and for, people with disabilities.

The Bingley-based publisher has also acquired the journal Open House International and has pledged its support as a signatory to the Open Scholarship Initiative’s Plan A, developed in partnership with UNESCO to develop an inclusive, achievable, sustainable approach to global scholarly communication reform.

Wiley partners with ResearchGate

Wiley has announced a new partnership with scholarly research network ResearchGate which will see the two organisations experiment with new models of journal article discovery, develop and share insights on use of Wiley content on the network, and collaborate on copyright education and policing infringement.

New awards from SAGE

SAGE has announced the launch of its 10-Year Impact Awards, recognising research, particularly in the behavioural and social sciences, that has gained influence over time. The inaugural awards will recognise the three articles published in SAGE journals that have been most highly cited over the ten-year period from 2009 to the end of last year.

UCL passes new milestone ahead of anniversary

Open access publisher UCL Press has announced, ahead of its fifth anniversary this month, that downloads of its titles have now passed three million. Of the 140 academic books it has published in that time, its most popular title remains How the World Changed Social Media, downloaded more than 400,000 times since its publication in March 2016.

New open access funding round for Knowledge Unlatched

Knowledge Unlatched, which recently announced a new trade partnership with Asia China Educational Publications Import & Export Corporation (CEPIEC), has launched a new global open access funding round, including nearly 20 discipline-specific collections developed in partnerships with publishers in HSS and STEM along with the KU Select Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) collection. In a change to previous practice, libraries will be able to pledge for the full KU Select HSS collection or choose to support one or more HSS disciplines individually.

Cambridge offers novel virus reading

Cambridge University Press has announced that it will be publishing a series of articles on the coronavirus pandemic by Press authors in a range of fields on its blog, 1584. Free to read, the posts will include contributions on the role of words and poetry in the age of coronavirus; on Mozart, epidemics, and hope; and on the pandemic which swept the Roman Empire of the third century.

Kentucky funding reinstated

The University of Kentucky Press has had its public funding restored after a two-year hiatus, during which it operated at a reduced capacity with support from the Thomas D. Clark Foundation, a private non-profit foundation established in 1994 for the sole purpose of providing the Press with financial support.

Journals news in brief

Oxford University Press has taken on the publication of the sixty-year-old Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies for the School of Advanced Studies at the University of London.

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) has transferred its interest in the Sculpture Journal, founded in 1997, to Liverpool University Press, leaving the Press as sole owner of the journal.

Bristol University Press has announced that it will be launching a new journal, Work in the Global Economy, next year in association with the International Labour Process Conference.  The journal will promote understanding of work and connections to work, including labour processes, labour markets, labour organising, and labour reproduction.


Alastair Horne is a PhD student at the British Library and Bath Spa University.

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